Discipline Is Love in Action

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I’m rather silent these days. The weekends were so intense, I made 10 pencil underdrawings for the new artworks, and after that was writing new posts almost all the time.

I often feel like I should get a time-off and rest. It’s weird 🙂 Probably I work so much because I love what I do, and discipline is love in action. 🙂

So I’ll just leave this insightful quote here and get something done!

Doing What You Love (?)

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Today I’ve realized something important. We are feeling annoyed not because we are doing something we don’t like.

We are feeling annoyed when we are doing something that we don’t believe in! 

There is a sharp edge. Love and enjoyment of life are precious, but they have to be strong enough to survive when we are in stress, discomfort, struggle, and pain. Otherwise, our love may turn to displeasure and hate at the same time instant.

The basis of this strength is knowing that you are at your right place; that you are making something not because “everybody knows that this is should be done this way”, but because YOU are the person to make it, and this is something worth making (even if it isn’t anything huge and groundbreaking).

This kind of faith is the key to the loving attitude – to life, in the first place. It also helps to spend time on really valuable things 🙂

Thought Of the Day: Tiny Reasons

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I feel like the best way of living is to live without excuses. Facing the truth.

You know, all these tiny reasons like “I will do it a bit later because I’m tired” or “It’s not that bad (important, urgent)” or “I’m doing everything I can” (and deep inside you know that it’s not true).

Or it can be “I have all reasons to feel bad because of ___, so I’ll just wait for somebody that surely will come and make things change for the better”. But nothing happens, and the denial doesn’t help.

Every day is a treasure. But we often forget how rapidly years fly by, thinking about dribbles and setting aside joy and happiness. As if they are more appropriate for our future-selves!

Everybody can throw out excuses and start actually living, doing, acting, creating, changing. It’s a continual process of being awake that libraries life from regret.

Happy May!

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Wow, it seems like a couple of days ago we celebrated New Year and today is the 1st May. Already! The middle of the year is just around the corner 🙂 Happy May, Friends!

I feel that the beginning of this glorious-almost-summer month is a perfect time to evaluate everything happening in the life.

What is really important for you? What is calling you to make something amazing from your life?

For example, I realized that I was not focused and committed enough. I was doing so much during previous months so my goals and priorities became a bit blurry.

Life is so precious. There is no excuse for making things that don’t let you be fulfilled, loving and happy. And absolutely no point in focusing on stress, fears, and drawbacks.

The Power Of Attitude

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Just a small insight: the only real distinctive feature of inspired and enthusiastic people who love life and that thing they do is their attitude.

You are the person who creates purpose and adds meaning. Being curious, prolific, active and keen on something on a daily basis always requires a sincere aspiration and readiness to find a miracle in an ordinary place.

Without it, there definitely will be issues with the lack of motivation, boredom, doleful self-complacency and “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” syndrome.

And, of course, nobody will be showing up (twice a day) and telling you why that thing you like to do is worth investing effort and time, so you should keep making it because it is so wonderful. Happy and fullfilled people just do what they love for the sake of it, no matter how difficult and doubtful everything is from time to time!

Nobody will provide you with absolute and general support. You have to deserve haing a community and being known. A crowd of interested people gathers only around a person who is actually showing or telling something valuable.

But isn’t it amazing that all the answers and changes to better are inside? 🙂

Thought Of The Day

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It’s just so amazing to be a part of this life. Just a small element of the big outer world (full of curiosities!), and a core of your inner kingdom, where happens all the magic.

In the past, I thought that it is crucial to become better day after day, do something meaningful without wasting time, be useful for others and leave a mark in history.

This idea is quite good, but it doesn’t let a person realize something substantial.

There is nothing that is all-important – or more important than other things.

Any person isn’t that important in the world’s context, any purpose or good intention is just an idea that we’ve chosen to live with – in the long run. Without a person or his/her contribution, the world may change a bit, but it won’t stop its race.

Any big dream, goal or calling is a myth in some way. It can give an illusion of purpose, but the real purpose is in the very process of being. It may take a form of exploring yourself, your talents and abilities, other people, nature, culture, or just having fun… whatever.

The more I live, the more I see how everything that is commonly appreciated loses its value for me. I don’t want a career, or professional success, or appreciation, or authority, or a big house or wealth. I don’t deny or reject those things; they are just toys.

A toy can evoke a smile, but it won’t make you happy. And definitely, a toy isn’t worth dying for or stressing yourself out. Sometimes such a toy requires too many resources to get and hold in place, and it usually wastes your attention and puts the focus out of the right things.

In many cases, less is more. Much more.

For me, art is a way of collecting beauty. Pleasant impressions, imprints of emotions, wonderful color combinations and textures; a confirmation of life’s abundance…

But there is nothing that relates to my persona or a feeling of self-importance. I want to be dissolved in life, in the things I create or explore.

This is my way of feeling right.

Ambitions and Expectations

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A year ago, I had a real depression. Everything that formed a core of my outlook was falling apart. I didn’t want to do anything, even making new art seemed a dull and worthless task. “What’s the point?” I asked myself, and the silence was an answer.

I’m telling you about that period because this week I was thinking about it a lot. I felt the necessity to recharge and refresh my list of reasons why I was doing all these things: creating art, writing, teaching and even – why do I even live.

I came to a conclusion that it is tough to be free and peaceful when you have some expectations and ambitions that may obscure your true values.

Be Honest

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After an extremely busy working week with actually no day-offs, I’d like to slow down a bit and share some thoughts. 🙂

I was thinking about honesty. There is not much place for exhaustive honesty in the life of an average person. We are chasing symbols of success and new achievements, trying to be nice and polished when it comes to personal and professional relationships.

Striving for perfection is in some way an antipode of honesty. Sometimes it requires too much courage to tell somebody that he or she treats you wrong – or if that’s you who shows a blatant example of disrespect towards yourself.